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Book Reviews

What makes Spinning Silver such a remarkable, unusual, and well-loved book? (Fanfiction!)

I don’t want to go into a full synopsis or breakdown of Spinning Silver’s themes because other #bookstagrammers have done it first and better than me. I want to talk about why Spinning Silver stands out among YA (and even adult) fantasy novels. What makes Spinning Silver such a remarkable, unusual, and well-loved book? The answer: Novik writes like she’s writing fanfic. Fanfiction to original fiction!

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Holly Ostara Fiction

7 Rituals to Make You a Happier Writer

Writing is a sacred connection between you and your creativity. It’s important you enjoy it. Here are 7 rituals that can help get you back to that magical place where writing is fun again. #booksandalchemy #writinghabits #writingmindset #happywriters

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